This morning seven young boys woke up with a roof over their head, breakfast being prepared in the kitchen, and two loving parents. Seven boys who once lived in shacks, on the streets, or in the city alleyways, now have a home, a family, and hope.
Eight-year-old Sarah Dow went on her first overseas mission trip to Tegucigalpa alongside her mother, two sisters, and two older cousins. As the team delivered food to the dump, played with street children, and delivered water to poverty stricken neighborhoods, SD, as they call her, tagged right along.
It was an eye-opening experience for this young girl, and she was frequently overcome by confusion and brokenness because of what she saw throughout the week.
I couldn’t help but picture myself as I watched SD pilfer through these complicated emotions. At 6 years old I made the same trip Sarah did. I still remember the sadness that ached in my heart as I looked around and saw something so very different from my own home.
One evening at dinner SD skipped up to me and tapped me on the shoulder,
I’ve been saving up my money…and I want to sponsor Bessy!
Bessy is an 8 year old from one of the POI neighborhoods where SD and her team spent time leading a VBS for the children. Their friendship was sparked despite their language barriers and diverse backgrounds. There is no doubt Bessy will remember Sarah’s friendship forever.
The last evening of SD’s trip, her team was having a time to share about their experiences. The room fell silent for a moment and Sarah stood up in a chair next to her cousin. Tears streamed down her tiny face as she paused to arrange her thoughts.
This week my Mom has been teaching me what it means to be a disciple. I know that I can be one too…
There wasn’t a movement on that rooftop as our team watched in joy as Jesus transformed the willing heart of one of his precious children.
Nowadays you’ll find 8-year-old SD eagerly pursuing her desire to be a disciple, just like her mom taught her. She has decided to make jewelry and sell them to her classmates—but this time she’s saving up money to donate to the children who live in the Tegucigalpa dump.
SD knows without a doubt that God doesn’t need a particular age, maturity, or income to make a difference. He simply needs our hearts. That week Sarah taught her teammates and many others, that no one is too young to change the world—even an 8-year-old.
Hannah Hamilton is the daughter of David and Ruth Hamilton, founders of Point of Impact Ministry. She first traveled to Honduras at 6 years old and has been passionate about advocating for the impoverished ever since. To read more, click here.